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Why The Cowboys Should Look For A New Quarterback



Tony+Romo+St+Louis+Rams+v+Dallas+Cowboys+iCeIJfyu9RTlMaybe Jerry was right, this will be an uncomfortable offseason.  There is an eerie quiet at Valley Ranch, the likes of which has been uncomfortable for all of Cowboys Nation.

Quietly the Cowboys are suffering as they watch elite caliber players get swept up in free agency.

The Cowboys inactive behavior doesn’t suggest they are without needs, quite contrary actually.  The Cowboys direly need an upgrade at offensive guard, safety, running back, outside linebacker and defensive line.

The crazy thing is, it’s not the needs that bare the biggest question.  To me, the biggest uncertainty is at the quarterback position.

Yes, the Cowboys have Tony Romo who is arguably a top-10 quarterback in this league.  While I’m a supporter of Romo, a legitimate question can be posed about what his future in Dallas will look like exactly.

At this point we had expected to hear news about Tony Romo signing an extension with the Cowboys that would virtually see him retire with the organization after a productive career has been completed.  The move would create cap space and solidify the position for the not-too-distant future.

A closer look brings up a point - Is the extension a good idea?

Forget the post-season win totals, the bad decisions and your overall opinion of Romo and look at this from a strictly business standpoint.

hi-res-156838187_crop_exactOn one hand, Romo is a very successful and consistent regular season quarterback.  He holds multiple Cowboys passer records and should continue to set those marks. Additionally, he’s coming off his highest passing total ever (4,903 yards) and only two seasons removed from the best season of his career.

On the other hand, Romo is due $16,818,833 this season.  If he signs an extension you can imagine he’d make at the very least a $14M/year salary.  Now add that to the $112M and $104M committed over 2014 and 2015 and also be aware that Sean Lee, Dez Bryant, Tyron Smith, DeMarco Murray, Bruce Carter and Dwayne Harris’s contracts will all expire over that span.

It all boils down to this: Is Tony Romo’s regular season play worth risking the longevity of the young core you were able to build with two successful drafts?

An argument I’ve heard is that the Cowboys just need to keep drafting well and this won’t matter. That’s true, except the Cowboys aren’t known for their drafting prowess.

Look, Romo would hit the Cowboys with approximately $27M of dead money if he is traded or released this season.  So in that regard their hands are tied.  However, what’s the harm in letting him play out the season without the extension and re-evaluating where you stand at the end of his commitment?

I’m not saying that Romo needs to go right away, what I’m saying is that you have to properly weigh the risk / reward when you’re considering signing him to a lucrative long-term contract.

When you consider all the facts, you see that quarterback might be the biggest need of all.

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Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018

Sean Martin



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Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.

Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.

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Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of...

While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.

Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladoucer for 2018

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L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.

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Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Headlines - Dallas Cowboys Re-Sign Linebacker Kyle Wilber

A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.


The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber:

Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.

Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.

The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.

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Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick

Kevin Brady



Orlando Scandrick

After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.

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I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.

This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.

Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.

In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.

Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.

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